CLIENT QUOTE: "

You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor
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King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One
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…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator
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King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss
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North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6
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Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer, Nastygal.com
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Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel
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I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator
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We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films
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I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry
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King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles
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Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer
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Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions
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The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O
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We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor
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You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI
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The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions

Archive for November, 2012

Ikea seeks energy independence

November 8th, 2012  | 

Energy independence by 2020? The idea has been touted on the U.S. presidential campaign trail, but global home furnishings retailer Ikea is announcing plans Tuesday to achieve that goal with solar and wind power.

As more U.S. businesses go solar, the Swedish retailer says it will rely on the sun and wind to produce all the power it uses at its stores and buildings worldwide within a decade. It plans to install more rooftop solar panels, erect wind farms and reduce its energy usage by replacing 1.2 million incandescent light bulbs with 85%-more-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes.)

“Each roof is a power station in the making,” says Steve Howard, Ikea Group’s chief sustainability officer, adding that the United States has “fantastic sun … as good as anywhere in the world.” Ikea already has solar panels atop 34 of its 38 U.S. stores and distribution centers.

Howard says parts of the U.S. also have great wind potential, and Ikea, which is building wind farms abroad, would like one stateside. “But we find the policy environment rather choppy,” he says. Production tax credits for the U.S. wind industry are set to expire in December unless Congress renews them.

More: USA TODAY Environmental News

Ikea, which announced earlier this month that it will sell only LED light bulbs in its stores by 2016, is not the first retailer to shoot for 100% renewable energy. Walmart has also set that goal (without specifying a timeline), and it ranks first among U.S. companies for solar power generation, according to a survey last month by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. Costco Wholesale ranked second, Kohl’s Department Stores, third, Ikea, fourth and Macy’s, fifth.

“The devil is in the details,” says Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com, which covers corporate sustainability efforts, about Ikea’s plans. “It’s great a company is trying to get its own house in order, but its house is more than its buildings,” he says, adding that more than 90% of the total energy that retailers use is embedded in the supply chain — the making of and delivering of parts and products.

Makower says renewable energy is no longer just about scoring public relations points. “It’s about mitigating risks,” he says, referring to the uncertainties of energy prices and supplies.

Howard agrees. He says Ikea, which phased out plastic bags in 2007 and stopped selling incandescent bulbs in 2010, believes energy independence is “the right thing to do,” not only because it’s concerned about climate change but also because it wants to protect itself against higher energy prices in the future.

“Sustainability will decide the winners and losers in the business community,” Howard says.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has talked about North American energy independence by 2020, but his agenda has focused on getting there by expanding domestic oil, gas and coal production. He’s called for phasing out subsidies for solar and wind, which President Obama has supported.

Renewables may be out of favor in some political circles, but “it’s corporations that are pushing the boundaries” to embrace them, says Ron Pernick, author of Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy. Because of the recent plunge in prices for buying and installing solar panels, he says Ikea’s goals are “achievable.”

Driver of the Month!

November 7th, 2012  | 

Matthew Howze

Working his ass off an pulling in more clients. Good job Matt

$50 Photo of the Month winner goes to…

November 2nd, 2012  | 

That Rawn Aiello

Biden: Lettermans ‘Top 10’ reasons to vote early

November 2nd, 2012  | 

10. I’m not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger, but I’m not saying they don’t either.

9. It’s vastly more effective than voting late.

8. You know who votes early? People with a backbone like a ramrod.

7. In a less crowded polling center, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, linger and relax.

6. If you vote early you don’t have to pay taxes. I’m sorry I’m being told that’s not accurate.

5. Single and looking to mingle? Find that special someone in the early voting booth.

4. Of course, there’s the open bar.

3. Not exercising your right to vote is malarkey – it’s literally malarkey.

2. Early voters will receive a $5 million donation from Donald Trump.

1. Honestly, don’t you want this election over with already?

World’s largest solar boat sails into climate change project

November 1st, 2012  | 
‘The PlanetSolar crew are off on a new project to assist climate change science’    .

She has circumnavigated the world in a demonstration of the efficacy of solar power, she has made a triumphant tour of the Mediterranean, and now she is about to help the cause of climate change science by monitoring the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s Turanor, PlanetSolar, the strange, gigantic craft which is the world’s largest solar sailer.

Planetsolar’s new project –  .. .

In partnership with the University of Geneva, the boat will take a team of scientist from Florida to Iceland, following the Gulf Stream, in an effort to collect new information and data. The co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 and superintendent of the University of Geneva, Martin Beniston will head this project.

Apart from its valuable role in the advancement of climate change science, the project is meant to contribute to raising awareness about the reality and complexity of climatic change.

The Science:
The Gulf Stream, an ocean current that transports heat from the tropics to the Arctic across the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the significant regulators of climate in the area. The relatively small scales related to deep-water formation (the dense saline and cold waters that activate the deep-water currents of the global ocean) will be measured by laser-based equipment designed to identify transitions in chemical and biological composition of particles at the ocean-atmosphere interface. Measurements will include the turbulent vortices within the current that distribute heat from the tropics to the poles.

The project just received the Global +5 innovation prize.

GLOBAL+5 is the first ever festival of global governance. GLOBAL+5 is a unique and exciting opportunity to identify and award innovative and visionary projects, addressing some of the most pressing global challenges the world will be facing in the next five years. The platform is a powerful force for individuals, groups and organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors to exchange their ideas and catalyze positive change.


by Nancy Knudsen